Eighth graders Kylie Gledhill and Josie Kummer with Vermont Department of Libraries State Librarian Scott Murphy.


Letters About Literature: FHTMS Students State Winners in National Writing Competition

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Thursday June 28, 2018

Kylie Gledhill and Josie Kummer, both eighth graders at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS), won first and second prize respectively for their essays in the Letters About Literature writing contest. Each year, tens of thousands of students from across the country enter this competition, which is sponsored by the National Department of Libraries in Washington, D.C. The annual contest asks students to write a letter to an author about a piece of his/her work which had a profound impression on them. As state winners, Gledhill and Kummer were invited to Montpelier in May to receive their award.

FHTMS English teacher Kathleen Kaye was also recognized for contributing over 100 student essays, the highest number of any teacher in the State of Vermont. For this achievement, Kaye received a generous credit for classroom book purchases.

Gledhill’s first-place essay, a letter written to Mala Yousafzai, author of “I am Mala,” is currently up for consideration for a national award.

SOURCE: Michelle Rosowsky for FHTMS